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Forbidden Friendships – Part 2

Key Verse

“And behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation” (Numbers 25:6).

Text — Numbers 25:6-15


In their journey to Canaan, Israel stopped over in Shittim. With time, many of them started befriending the people of Moab, accepting invitations to their idol worship celebrations; eating, drinking and enjoying various immoral acts. God was displeased and asked Moses for a summary execution of the offenders. God’s plague killed 24 thousand of the people. This caused a lot of sorrow and weeping among the people in front of God’s house of worship. While in this somber mood, a young Israelite called Zimri, came into the camp with a Moabite girlfriend for amorous affair in his tent. In holy anger, Phinehas, Aaron’s grandson, had to kill them and God’s wrath was turned away from Israel for his action. Flee immorality in the name of Valentine Day.

My friend, a wrong friendship easily leads to wrong acts. God seriously warns, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (Proverbs 1:10). Some youths are bold at committing sin because of the high status of their parents. Such was Zimri, the son of a prince, as well as Cozbi, his girlfriend, a leader’s daughter. No matter your position in life, avoid sin today and always.


Avoid sin today and always


Stop following the multitude to do evil.

Prayer for today

Oh God, help me to be on your side always, in Jesus’ name.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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